Liberals

They Don’t Make Liberals Like They Used To

Featured image In our Picks section yesterday we linked to Fred Siegel’s recent City Journal article, “The House Divided,” which is a 25-year retrospective on Arthur Schlesinger’s 1991 attack on leftist “multiculturalism.” As it happens, I’ve been reading one of Schlesinger’s older books, The Vital Center: The Politics of Freedom (published in 1949), as background for the book project I have under way. And also as it happens, I’ve had dinner with »

Does The Donald Drive You to Drink?

Featured image Well, no he doesn’t, but I don’t need an excuse for a drink. But the folks at The Nation magazine do. I’m on The Nation‘s email distribution list (so that you don’t have to), and the latest subscription bleg for their wine club opens as follows: Are you looking for that perfect Merlot to pair with Donald Trump’s immigration-policy proposals? A Sauvignon Blanc to help obscure Mike Huckabee’s tweets about »

The Great Gasbag

Featured image Yesterday I was booked on Fox Business News with the plan of offering some comment on Leo di Caprio’s remarks at the World Economic Forum about how corporate “greed” is preventing global warming from being solved. (Then he hopped back on his private jet and flew away to one of his many mansions that have the carbon footprint of a small African nation.) But the market crash of the morning »

Breaking: The New Republic Implodes

Featured image Over the last couple of years we’ve noted here, here, here, and here about the travails of the once-worthy New Republic under its punk owner Chris Hughes, a Facebook mogul who thought his early riches equaled wisdom. Today the predictable announcement was made: Hughes is dumping the magazine: The New Republic, the century-old magazine that was rocked a year ago by the mass exodus of its staff following an effort by its »

Europe’s Dishonest Elites, and Ours

Featured image A reader writes to comment on the mass sexual assaults that have been taking place in Germany, and efforts to cover them up or mischaracterize them: The German situation is even worse than you presented. Sure, the Cologne police chief got fired, but the despicable mayor hasn’t resigned. And, sure, there has been some scrambling and slithering by left politicians, including, mirabile dictu, Angela Merkel, Mutti herself, to tap dance »

Disgusting at Newsweek [With Comment by John]

Featured image Alexander Nazaryan, currently a staff writer at Newsweek and formerly an editorial page writer at the New York Daily News, posted this tweet earlier today: Classy guy. He later deleted the tweet, apologizing to Cruz supporters, but not Cruz. National Review‘s Jim Geraghty has the best response: There’s also this from Nazaryan, still up on his Twitter feed as of this moment: Gee, you wonder why so many people hate the »

The Bottomless Economic Ignorance of Liberalism

Featured image We’ve commented before on the bottomless economic ignorance of Bernie Sanders, and only with some effort do we not make this a daily feature. But The Bern outdid himself with this recent tweet: Apparently Bernie has never been told the difference between a secured loan and an unsecured loan, let alone the higher lending risk involved in making a student loan to a gender studies major. Maybe this parody picture »

The Creaking Joints of Democracy

Featured image One of my favorite liberals, Philly magazine’s Joel Mathis (he’s one half of the “Red-Blue America” column with Ben Boychuk), offers up a conciliatory column in the spirit of Christmas today that I take at face value. A few relevant bits: Some of my best friends are conservatives. . . My life is immeasurably better and richer because of my conservative friends, starting with Ben Boychuk—no RINO he—and extending to »

The Unbearable Lightness of Being John Kerry

Featured image NBC’s Chuck Todd asked our sainted secretary of state, the French-looking John Kerry (who served in Vietnam, as James Taranto reminds us) how we’re going to enforce a global climate “agreement” that has no legally binding provisions beyond a schedule for more meetings to party on. His answer: “Public shaming.” Cue the snorts of hypocrisy. Here, according to Google, are photos of Kerry’s five homes: Now you’d think with the »

On Bull****

Featured image Philosopher Harry Frankfurt started a whole new line of academic inquiry a few years ago with his slim volume On Bullshit, which unironically treated bovine excrement seriously. But now we have an academic journal article that breaks new wind on the subject. Appearing in the journal Judgment and Decision Making (yes, it really exists), the article “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit” (PDF file) ratifies what common sense »

Is the ACLU In Favor Of Liberty?

Featured image That should be a question like, Is the Pope Catholic? But in fact, it is by no means obvious that the American Civil Liberties Union consistently favors civil liberties. Some years ago the ACLU called me to ask for a contribution. I said that I was particularly interested in Second Amendment rights, and asked what the ACLU had done on that front lately. (This was before I even owned a »

Civil War on the Left, Part 25

Featured image One of the leading ideas among liberals right now is to forgive students debt, which is crushing a lot of college graduates. It’s one of Bernie Sanders’s favorite ideas. There’s just one problem: it might widen the wealth gap between whites and blacks. Oops. From TakePart: A new report, however, shows that calls to ease the student-loan debt load, including plans unveiled by all three Democratic presidential candidates, could have a significant effect on »

How the Left Sees Islamic Terrorism

Featured image This is a glimpse into a parallel universe, i.e., MSNBC. The MSNBC host, the appalling Melissa Harris-Perry, explains that Islamic terrorists are nowhere near as bad as the police, “right wing” terrorists–all murderers who are not Muslims are presumed “right wing”–and so on. Her guest adds that it is extraordinary how few Islamic terrorists there are. The clip is under two minutes long, and well worth your time: People often »

Don’t Bother Me With Facts, I’ve Got a Narrative to Sell!

Featured image As the San Bernardino terrorist attack unfolded yesterday, liberals were desperately hoping that it was an attack on a Planned Parenthood outlet. They openly speculated about, and rooted for, this possibility. At around 2:00 in the afternoon, MSNBC did the best it could, reporting that the terrorists had struck a location “only a few blocks away” from a PP clinic: "The planned parenthood clinic is only a few blocks away" »

Democrats Know How to Ruin a Holiday

Featured image I hope your Thanksgiving was as enjoyable as mine. We had our immediate family for dinner (minus one daughter who is living in Australia), so there was no potential for political disagreement, as we are all conservatives. Of course, I can’t imagine any family spending Thanksgiving arguing about politics in any event. But the Democrats can. In fact, they encourage it. The Democratic Party has developed its own Thanksgiving tradition: »

Democrats Unveil New Strategy: Take Unpopular Positions

Featured image In recent days, Democrats have blasted Republicans on a number of issues, staking out positions that have one thing in common: they are unpopular with voters. The DNC put out an ad attacking Republicans for talking about “radical Islamic terrorism,” which the Democrats said was “inciting fear.” Just one problem: 60% of voters say we are at war with radical Islamic terrorism. Then there are the Syrian refugees. President Obama »

How Many Democrats Are Totalitarians?

Featured image I think we can say with confidence, at least 27%. Rasmussen Reports asked likely U.S. voters whether the government should criminally prosecute those who don’t go along with the global warming scare. This was the precise question: Should the government investigate and prosecute scientists and others including major corporations who question global warming? In response, 27% of Democrats called for prosecuting global warming realists. (Remarkably, 11% of Republicans did, too.) »